Kærlighed, Krise og Kongnitiv Kapitalisme

Anders Berntsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


That the humanities are in some kind of crisis has been a truism for as long as I can remember. But while reading the Danish Newspapers I found that a new kind of humanities had emerged, or at least that there existed one that I had not noticed before: a kind of humanities that refused to be in a crisis. The idea of a non-crisis humanities is put forth not only by humanistisc scholars and researcher but also by the Danish minister of research, Morten Østergaard, and is constructed in clear market terms. This valorisation of the obviously useful and marketable seems to be a general development in the western world, both in respect to knowledge, as Francois Lyotard denoted, and in respect to the society as a whole. At the same time there is still a stark opposition to this marketisation of the humanities from researchers who instead point to the intrinsic or democratising value of the humanities. Looking at texts from the period 2009-2012 from the three biggest newspapers in Denmark and using the discourse analytic ideas put forth by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe in their work Hegemony and Socialist Strategy I show that these two main antagonistic constructions of the Danish humanistic research are both liberal, e.g. political liberalism and economic (neo-)liberalism. And that the socialist and social democratic discourses that dominated in the early summer of ’68, do no longer hold any important power in the struggle for what the aim of the research should be and who should control it.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 apr. 2013
VejledereKaren Sjørup


  • humaniora
  • humanioras krise
  • konkurrencestat
  • diskursanalyse
  • forskningspolitik
  • liberalisme
  • forskning for forskningens skyld
  • forskning for velfærd
  • institutioner
  • konkurrenceevne
  • diskursteori
  • vækst
  • forsking for profit
  • humanistisk forskning
  • økonomisme
  • socialisme
  • legitimering
  • globaliseringens nødvendighed
  • neoliberalisme
  • idékamp